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Muddy Area proposed driveway question

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by ccas, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. ccas

    ccas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    I have an area about 30 yards long on my property that used to be an old logging road. It's extremely muddy. In the spring I get a bit of standing water and the area is pretty muddy. I would guess its about 6-12 inches deep of mud. In the fall the area is pretty dry.

    I have been working on this area for awhile now. I want to use it as a place to park my boat. I have dug a trench about 2 feet wide and 18" deep running parallel down the middle with one trench going off into a large hole (Not large enough) and filled it with 3/4 inch stone. This helped a little, but I dont really have a big enough area for the water to drain This is the lowest point of my property. I am thinking the only way to get rid of the mud/standing water/mosquitoes is to build the area up. I was planning on digging a couple more trenches crossways across the area. Filling those with gravel and bringing in some larger stone. Packing that down tight and making a sort of driveway.

    My question... How do I do this? This does connect to the road. Im sure I would need some sort of culvert in the ditch. What type of equipment should I rent to spread the stone? Is there some type of equipment I can rent that would spread and pack the stone all in one? Im also planning on using a mixed gravel to help pack it in. Eventually, Im planning on covering it with topsoil and planting grass.

    Any help/suggestions would be wonderful.
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    if its the lowest point on the property and you have no where lower to drain the water to, then it sounds like you may need to install a drywell.

    You'll need to use 4-inch perforated drain tubing, wrapped in cloth to drain the water into the drywell.

    One product that I like is: www.lun-drain.com

  3. ccas

    ccas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    I have dug a large hole. Its about 3-4 feet deep and about 1 square yard. This filled rather quickly. I had thought about digging a trench to the road and letting the large hole drain off into the ditch. The problem is that the road is a bit higher (maybe) than the large hole and there are plenty of rocks and trees in the way. I had thought of renting a ditchwitch. Do I just need to dig the hole deeper? Or should I just fill the area I want to park on with gravel?
  4. SVA_Concrete

    SVA_Concrete LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    you would probably be fine if you filled that parking area with about 6 inches of #3 stone -- approx 2 inches in size and then dressed the top with 57 stone.
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    Any pics? I hate trying to visualize :)

    Do you have a high water table ?

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  6. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    gonna need some fabric too....solved a problem like this last week at my new shop...mud hole mess now gravel roadway
  7. ccas

    ccas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    Here are a few pics/ As you can see there is a bit of standing water. I think I underestimated the length though. It's gotta be longer than 30 yards. Im also thinking the water that doesn't collect on the leach field is running directly into this area. It's directly below where they built the leach field up.

    Muddy Drive 1.jpg Muddy Drive2.jpg Muddy Drive 3.jpg This is the hole I dug.

    Muddy Drive 1.jpg

    Muddy Drive2.jpg

    Muddy Drive 3.jpg
  8. 2brothersyardcare

    2brothersyardcare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    pave it over and its done with
  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    Lord, I hope you're joking and being funny!

    To pave it would require all the same prep work as just graveling it.......

    But iot does look like a nice spot for me to run my Jeep through!!!!

  10. ccas

    ccas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    Its not that muddy! I can drive my subaru through it while pulling a boat. Hence the tire ruts.

    I was hoping to just build it up with gravel and put down some grass. Is this something I can do on my own or should I pay? I paid 7K for my driveway to be paved. Its twice as big. I was thinking this would be about 1,500 not being paved. Or even less if I do it.

    Im going to have someone place a bid in a few weeks. I can also pick their brain.

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